White Ground Moth
Ellura's Ground Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Oecophorid Moth (:Gelechioidea Oecophoridae)|
|Species:||White Ground Moth (Philobota sp ES03)|
|This Photo:||Female, ventral|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
After Marie found the amazing flightless female above, I couldn't let her have all the fun! So within a week found one myself (couldn't believe I got so lucky!). Turns out it's a different species.
It looks much larger, but is the same size at about 10mm long and about 13mm wingspan.
We couldn't find any hindwings however. They must exist, but one assumes are so reduced that they are not visible (even though the forewings can be seen clear of the body).